NYCI is delighted with last week’s announcement of a regularisation scheme for undocumented people living in Ireland. The scheme, although limited to the next six months, brings rights and justice to about 17,000 residents, including 3,000 children and young people, who all call Ireland home. For many, it is their only home. For the young people and their families, it means having access to services, the right to fair employment, an end to exploitation, and routes out of the poverty trap.
NYCI has long supported the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and the Justice for Undocumented campaign through our advocacy work. We also worked closely with their Young Paperless and Powerless (YPP) youth group who brought their energy, commitment and bravery into our Young Voices and One World Week spaces and other participation and consultation processes, to campaign for rights for themselves and others who were undocumented. Thousands will benefit thanks to their tireless and invaluable work.
Share this important information
We now ask the youth work sector to play an important role. The task is to reach every person in Ireland who is undocumented. MRCI and Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) have produced a video and a web page with FAQs so that undocumented people have free and reliable information to be able to apply for the scheme.
It is very important that people can find the information they need in order to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Those who are eligible have only six months to take up this scheme. We ask you to share this video as widely as possible to make sure it reaches every single undocumented person in Ireland.
The youth work sector is integral to achieving this reach and to supporting people in their application by signposting them to a local trained group of volunteers in JFU. When you share the video and webpage, an undocumented person in your community could see it and it might just change their life.